Topic: northwest territories

'It's about feeling seen': Métis collective hopes to bring young people together online from across Canada

Justin Wiebe said the collective is about bringing together people to reconnect and learn.

Whirlwind year for Inuvialuit model after being discovered on Instagram

Diversity is increasing in the modelling industry, says Willow Allen's agent.

OPINION | Downtown is the heart of Yellowknife, people just need to care about it

While pushing for new life in vacant and unused spaces, and trying to improve the social issues, Rob Warburton says to remember to celebrate the successes downtown.

Inuvialuk artist longlisted for Sobey contemporary art award

Kablusiak tackles cultural displacement and challenge ideas of contemporary indigeneity with humour.
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Hugh Brody nailed white-Inuit relations in 1975 book — little has changed since

Sara Minogue reviews Hugh Brody's book The People's Land, from 1975, comparing it to a more modern publication — a recent Facebook post that went viral, titled 'Dear white people.'
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From drop-out to master's student, Inuvik woman says 'stay in school'

Crystal Lennie now has a diploma and a bachelor's degree, and wants to be a deputy health minister. She calls education a 'lifelong journey.'

Lutselk'e innovation centre meant to help young people develop skills, spur economic development

A corporation aims to help young residents of Lutselk'e, N.W.T., develop skills and better their own community through what’s called the Dene DreamMaker Innovation Centre. It opened in February.

Inuvialuit woman lead actress in new episode of The Twilight Zone

Marika Sila is an Inuvialuit woman who starred in Thursday's episode of CBS's The Twilight Zone.

Analysis | How Kenney's win shifts the federal-provincial dynamics for Saskatchewan

In congratulating Jason Kenney on his victory, Scott Moe quickly locked arms on the battle with Ottawa.

Yellowknife journalist wins award for short story based on respected grandfather

Cullen Crozier wrote a short story in his grandfather's voice called The Duck Caller. It recently won Up Here magazine's Sally Manning Award for Indigenous creative non-fiction.

Hay River highrise owner owed Canada Revenue Agency $500K

According to court documents, in 2014 the Canada Revenue Agency got the legal authority to seize and sell off Harry Satdeo's assets in order to pay off $502,762.10 worth of income tax debt.

Surgeries, CT scans on hold at Stanton hospital after equipment breaks down

Forty-five CT scans and 12 surgeries have been cancelled since the CT scanner and sterilization machine broke down. Technicians are set to repair the equipment, but it's unclear how long that will take.

Check records to make sure you're fully vaccinated, health unit says

A nurse with the Public Health Sudbury and Districts is advising people to check their vaccination records for measles.

Indigenous women come forward with accounts of forced sterilization, says lawyer

A Saskatchewan-based class action lawsuit filed for certification alleges coerced sterilization of Indigenous women is yielding reports from more than one hundred women across Canada who say they were sterilized without their consent.

Education pilot project brings career advisers to 19 N.W.T. schools

A Department of Education pilot program in the Northwest Territories is connecting students with career and education counsellors.

NWT Tourism, film industry, language programming get $2.7M boost

The federal government announced $2.7 million for nine projects in the Northwest Territories that are meant to help the territory’s economy and promote culture.

Judge adjourns sentencing for woman guilty of attempting to lure a minor

A sentencing hearing was adjourned on Wednesday for a woman who pleaded guilty to attempting to lure a young girl. Rhea Alikamik's lawyer is arguing the mandatory minimum jail sentence is too harsh.

Some in N.W.T. still waiting for green light on new cannabis stores

Plans for a cannabis dispensary inside a new marijuana accessory store in Yellowknife are on hold until the territorial government makes some decisions, says its owner.

Diavik Diamond Mine wants to dump mine waste into its pits

The Diavik Diamond Mine in the N.W.T. wants to radically change the way it deals with mine waste at Lac de Gras. The company has asked for an amendment to its water licence that would allow it to fill its three mined-out pits with processed kimberlite.

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in Fort McPherson killing

Darcy Brian Nerysoo has accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of a man in Fort McPherson, N.W.T. last summer. The 31-year-old was originally charged with murder.
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Musicians of the Midnight Sun: Louie Goose

In week nine of Musicians of the Midnight Sun, Pat Braden talks to an icon of the Mackenzie Delta music scene.

Measles outbreak lifted in Inuvik

The outbreak was announced on March 6 after two people contracted the illness.

Woman targeted during Hay River slo-pitch drug bust gets 5-month sentence

A woman arrested during 'Operation Gram Slam,' a covert RCMP drug bust during a Hay River slo-pitch tournament in 2017, has been sentenced to five months incarceration for trafficking cocaine.
In Depth

Woman says child protection system failed her and her kids in time of need

A mom says after she was attacked and seriously injured by her ex-partner, the Northwest Territories child protection system re-victimized her and her children by repeatedly trying to apprehend the kids.

RCMP investigating house fire in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T.

RCMP and the N.W.T. fire marshal's office are investigating a fire in an unoccupied house in Fort Good Hope.

90 years ago he was the 1st pilot to land in the Yellowknife area; now he's on a stamp

C.H. (Punch) Dickins once boasted to Maclean’s Magazine, 'put your pencil on any point on the map of Canada and we’ll get you there - if you can afford it.'

OPINION | It's disrespectful for non-Indigenous artists to make a profit off our designs

Myrna Pokiak says there should be no debate over whether non-Indigenous artists sell products at Inuvik's market. After having her own words 'stolen,' she says it's disrespectful to make money off someone else's art.

Man allegedly asked girl to get in his red van, warn Yellowknife RCMP

Police are asking for anyone with information about a man in a red van who allegedly offered a 14-year-old girl a ride home Friday.

Warm start to spring has some N.W.T. jamborees changing things up

This year’s early start to spring in much of the Northwest Territories means several communities are making changes to their yearly jamborees.

Behchoko homicide victim Archie Wedzin remembered as a giving, happy man

Archie Wedzin is being remembered by his sister as a happy man who liked to teach others, give when he can, and make others laugh.

Behchoko man's death now being investigated as a homicide

RCMP are now investigating the death of Archie Wedzin as a homicide.

Protecting Tuktoyaktuk from coastal erosion could cost $50M, says mayor

The mayor of Tuktoyaktuk says the community has endured years of Band Aid solutions for its rapidly deteriorating coastline — and says fixing the problem could cost up to $50 million.

Communities 'supporting each other' to conserve Bluenose East herd

A proposed management plan for the declining Bluenose East caribou herd calls for stricter hunting limits, predator control.

'It's a legislative gap:' N.W.T. landlords don't need property insurance

A fire in Hay River, N.W.T., displaced about 150 tenants of a highrise apartment building. Under the Residential Tenancies Act, the landlord is not required to rebuild the building or have property insurance.

RCMP ask for help in investigation of 'suspicious' Behchoko death

RCMP are asking for potential witnesses to come forward as they investigate the death of Archie Wedzin in Behchoko Monday.

Man found guilty of sexually assaulting underage girls in Yellowknife

A man has been found guilty in N.W.T. Supreme Court of three counts of sexual assault for sexually assaulting three underage girls after supplying them with cocaine and alcohol in September 2017.

N.W.T. gov't enforcing confidentiality it says is unnecessary

The territorial government is in the awkward position of defending confidentiality provisions that, it says, undermine its commitment to openness.

How the N.W.T.'s 911 service will handle its 11 official languages

Officials say interpreters will be available for all 11 of the N.W.T.'s official languages when someone calls 911. The service is expected to launch later this year.

N.W.T. man says doctor shared 'too much information' about his illness to employer

The N.W.T.'s information and privacy commissioner said a doctor inappropriately disclosed more information than needed to a man's employer about his mental health.

RCMP investigating 'suspicious' death, confirms lockdown, in Behchoko

An RCMP statement says the man was found unresponsive around 1 p.m. Monday and transported to the Behchoko Health Centre. Family members have identified the man as Archie Wedzin.

Violence at Yellowknife's sobering centre, day shelter up for discussion at city council

Supporters of Yellowknife's joint sobering centre and day shelter made their case to city councillors Monday, after neighbours complained they're seeing more violence in the area.

Polar bears in North are getting into more garbage

The N.W.T. Department of Natural Resources says will now track the contents of bear stomachs after reports of growing amounts of plastic.

Serious incident unfolding in Behchoko, RCMP say no risk to public

N.W.T. RCMP assisting Behchoko RCMP with a 'serious incident' on Monday afternoon.

Gwich'in designer's earrings land in Vogue magazine

A Yellowknife designer has hit the big time after having her work featured in the pages of British Vogue magazine. Tania Larsson explains the similarities between Indigenous and French fashion, and which celebrity would be her dream client.
In Depth

Here's a look at what your N.W.T. MLA is paid, and how it's calculated

Northwest Territories MLAs remain among the highest paid legislators of any Canadian province or territory, despite not voting themselves a pay increase in 20 years.

Coast guard struggling to help with rescues, Arctic resupply due to old fleet

The Canadian Coast Guard's aging fleet is resulting reduced search-and-rescue coverage, disruptions to ferry service, cancelled resupply runs to Arctic and coastal communities and nearly $2 million in lost navigational buoys.

Tlicho, N.W.T. gov'ts propose stricter limits for Bluenose East harvest

A joint management proposal from the Tlicho and N.W.T. governments suggests cutting the harvest limit from 750 to 300 animals.

Future Arctic won't look like the Arctic we know now, says report

Indicators of Arctic climate change all point toward one thing: the Arctic is moving into a period of unprecedented change that could remake our image of it.

After losing sister to an overdose, woman dedicates life to helping Indigenous youth

After struggling with addiction and her own mental health issues, Jaylene Delorme-Buggins has dedicated her life to helping youth. Now she's travelling across the country to work with remote First Nations.
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Your North: Best reader photos for the weeks of March 11, 18, 25, April 1

Spring has sprung, and with it comes warmer temperatures, gorgeous vistas and wildlife returning back North.

100 km on snowshoes: Harrowing Arctic journey bonds military and civilian women

An air flight specialist and a navy lieutenant take a walk through an northern mountain pass.
The Comeback

'Our culture is going to survive': traditional Indigenous hand games make a comeback in northern B.C.

Traditional Indigenous hand games, played against the sound of the snare drum, were almost silenced in northeastern B.C. a generation ago.

Nunavut children wear 'big smiles' after learning about Dene hand games

The Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT has travelled to Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay, Nunavut, for the first time to teach Inuit about Dene games and traditions.

On-the-land STEM program for high school credit to expand to northern Indigenous communities

An education program directed at helping Indigenous youth in acquire high-school credits through culturally relevant approaches to science, technology, engineering and mathematics is expanding to the North.

Last year's surprise champ returns to defend title at Underdog 100 sled dog race

A young upstart musher is aiming to defend his title at this year's sled dog race near Behchoko, where mushers are limited to just 5 dogs.

Hay River faces $550K price tag for landfill fire

The now extinguished fire at Hay River's landfill will cost the town an estimated $550,000, a spokesperson for the town said on Thursday.

Inuvik youth take aim at Northmart's plastic use

A group that calls itself 'Climate Action Inuvik' on Facebook collected in town council chambers Wednesday afternoon to grill Northmart manager Kevin Giesbrecht on his store’s use of plastic.

Drug bust at Yellowknife apartment building leads to 2 facing charges

An RCMP investigation into drug trafficking at a Yellowknife apartment building has led to the seizure of more 100 grams of cocaine and two people facing charges.

'Polarizing' speaker slated for N.W.T. Chamber of Commerce meeting

The invitation of a 'polarizing' blogger, Vivian Krause, by the N.W.T. Chamber of Commerce is raising some eyebrows; her work is critical of how some Canadian environmental groups get funding from U.S. charities.

Bar owner sees steep jump in prices after N.W.T. gov't changes liquor distribution

The Northwest Territories government believes a recent change in liquor distribution could translate into savings on the retail level, despite one bar owner seeing an 18.3 per-cent jump in prices of domestic beer after making his first purchase under the new model.

N.W.T. Power Corporation workers serve strike notice again

Unionized employees of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation could go on strike on Monday, the union warns.

Here's what Northern leaders thought of Jody Wilson-Raybould's removal from caucus

Northern leaders are expressing their disappointment with Justin Trudeau's decision to remove Jody Wilson-Raybould from the Liberal caucus, but the Member of Parliament for Yukon says that the decision was a necessary one.

Yellowknife man arrested after alleged robbery of downtown business

Yellowknife RCMP arrested Thomas Avery, 36, after the alleged break in and robbery of a downtown Yellowknife business Tuesday evening.

Public health advisory stemming from Hay River dump fire lifted

Four days after a fire at Hay River's landfill was extinguished, a precautionary public health advisory stemming from the blaze's smoke has been lifted.

Travellers 'safe and sound' after RCMP rescue near MacKay Lake

RCMP say people should respect winter road closures.

Wisdom and 'gentle' way of elders coming to Tlicho classrooms soon

A new pilot project aims to see elders become a regular fixture in Tlicho classrooms to help teach the Tlicho language, provide cultural programming, and help with student’s mental health and well being.
CBC Investigates

Health authority anticipated blowback after cutting online prenatal classes

Nova Scotia is the only province in Atlantic Canada that doesn’t offer universal prenatal education. It's left "a black hole," according to one new parent.
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Musicians of the Midnight Sun: Roy Menagh

In the latest episode of Musicians of the Midnight Sun, Pat Braden speaks with Roy Menagh. In 1973, Menagh moved from Toronto to Yellowknife to teach music in the public schools. He also organized countless community-based music events for many communities in the North.

Heat wave destroys 'igloo village' outside Inuvik, impacts Muskrat Jamboree

This year’s curiously warm winter in Inuvik, N.W.T., is having some serious repercussions for the town’s tourism industry.

Kam Lake sewage line 'breach' repaired, cleanup ongoing says city

Several roadways were affected with the closure of Coronation Drive from Curry Drive to Kam Lake Road.

Weledeh to Wıìlıìdeh? Yellowknife school to change name to reflect traditional spelling

A Yellowknife Catholic school plans to change its name, hoping to correctly reflect local language and traditional spelling.

Landslides on Arctic island have increased 6,000% since 1984, study finds

Landslides caused by thawing permafrost on Banks Island have increased by over 60 times since 1984, according to a new study.

Most N.W.T. businesses won't qualify for Nahanni outfitter opening, says guide

Parks Canada is opening up a space for another outfitter to run trips down the spectacular South Nahanni River, but a Yellowknife outfitter says it’s unlikely any N.W.T. companies will qualify.

$1M grant for Alzheimers research at University of Alberta

An aging baby boomer population is going to create a "tsunami" in terms of the number of people with Alzheimer's disease, says Roger Dixon, U of A professor of psychology and neuroscience.

Yellowknife Filipino basketball league makes a comeback, with help of 2 men's sacrifice

Laurence Barbosa and Erick Paz gave up their second jobs to rekindle Yellowknife's Filipino community basketball league after a hiatus in 2018.

New report gives thumbs up to Indigenous employment in Nunavut mines

A new report from the Conference Board of Canada says employers looking to hire — and keep — northern Indigenous employees could learn from Canadian gold mining company, Agnico Eagle.

Behchoko's volunteer fire chief awarded Governor General's medal

Rene Camsell of Behchoko, N.W.T., received a Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at a ceremony in Ottawa last week.

Should we blame the N.W.T.'s warm March on climate change? One researcher says yes

The unusually mild weather that melted Yellowknife's snow castle and closed winter roads this March should not be seen as just an isolated case of weird weather, says a researcher who has studied the North for decades.

Where the streets now have names: Young Yellowknifer posts street signs on frozen bay

Ten colourful street signs have popped up on Yellowknife Bay thanks to nine-year-old Sadee Mitchell.

Lost and found: How this man tracked down 'Sally' — his stolen station wagon

Over the past nine years and 300,000 kilometres, Thomas Laboucan-Avirom's learned to love his car and all of its quirks. That’s especially true now that he has it back from thieves who stole it from his driveway.

Ontario man charged with trafficking crack cocaine in Inuvik

About 194 grams of crack cocaine and $2,000 were seized by police on Thursday, according to an RCMP news release.

Yellowknife gets introduction to seal meat at Long John Jamboree

'[Seal meat has] an incredible amount of iron, it’s super healthy for you,' said Francois Rossouw. 'It keeps you regular too.'
Point of View

'A horrendous month': Is September the wrong time to commemorate residential schools?

Three former residential school students share their thoughts on the proposed holiday and how it should be celebrated.

Cabbie alleges robbery in Hay River, woman arrested and charged

Royanne Bugghins, 27, has been charged with robbery and break and enter after a taxi driver in Hay River reported being robbed to RCMP.

Man, 19, charged in downtown Yellowknife attack

Jordan Charlie has been charged in connection with an incident that seriously injured another male in downtown Yellowknife a week ago.

Hockey Day in Canada 2020 could be in Yellowknife

A producer who visited in January suggested the city is an ideal location for the nationally-broadcast TV special.

Hay River highrise wasn't insured, owner asked gov't to help, says MLA

The N.W.T. fire marshal is waiting for the owner of the Hay River highrise, Harry Satdeo, to submit his plan to allow repairs for residents to access the building.

Lutselk'e sues former town official for $22K in 'unauthorized payments'

The Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation claims it discovered an unauthorized payment made by senior administrative officer Murtaza Gurmani to an unknown business for just over $17,500 and he charged $5,000 worth of furniture to the band without permission.

Debate in Inuvik over who should sell traditional crafts

A Facebook post sparked a debate over who should be able to sell traditional crafts at the town's Arctic Market. Some say a woman who has lived in Inuvik for five years is taking business away from Inuvialuit and Gwich'in artisans. 

Deninu K'ue First Nation election results appeal won't go forward

An appeal into the results of Deninu K'ue First Nation’s (DKFN) election this month was found to be unwarranted, legal counsel for the group said on Thursday.

How volunteers are helping Hay River highrise fire evacuees

A small army of volunteers and government workers have helped protect, house, feed and clothe more than 120 adults and children facing an uncertain future after the March 15 fire at the MacKenzie Place highrise in Hay River, N.W.T.

Dechinta 'bush university' eyes expansion with 5 years of federal funding

The federal budget allocates $13 million to the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.

Call the midwife? For Gander residents, that will soon be an option

Gander will soon be the site of a pilot project for midwifery care, a once-common option in the province that is once again in demand.

Land claim loan forgiveness to be reinvested in N.W.T. communities, say Indigenous leaders

The federal budget decision to erase debt incurred from land claims and treaty negotiations with Canada will mean more money for communities, Indigenous leaders say.

Fort Resolution 'broke,' 6 people laid off, says mayor

The N.W.T. Department of Municipal and Community Affairs is aware of the financial challenges and is offering help.

2 suspects ID'd in Yellowknife convenience store robbery

Crime Stoppers tips, a distinctive hoodie and past robberies have resulted in two suspects being identified in the knifepoint robbery of a Yellowknife convenience store earlier this year.

Yellowknife RCMP seek witnesses after male seriously injured downtown

RCMP in Yellowknife are looking for anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the city's downtown early Friday morning, after a man was seriously injured.

R.M. of Corman Park rejects Fortune Minerals refinery near Saskatoon

In a unanimous decision, councillors in the Rural Municipality of Corman Park have voted against a controversial metal refinery project proposed in the Saskatoon area.

Musicians of the Midnight Sun: Johnny Landry

When he was six years old, Johnny Landry's family moved to Fort Providence, N.W.T., where he heard traditional fiddle music and popular country music of the time. For decades, he has been writing and performing music in the Dene Zhatié language.

Who is the person named 'Eskimo' buried in a Yellowknife cemetery?

There is a grave marker with the word 'Eskimo' above a body in a Yellowknife cemetery, and the city says burial records don't have any more details.